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But fear not as there is plenty going on in the Active8 patch just
now. July sees the 14th annual Woodseats Festival and, as
usual, there are all manner of attractions lined up to appeal to
everyone - from crafts to chess and car boot sales!
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A new campaign is providing free
life-saving skills training to local
people. Deborah Wain reports
THE Woodseats CPR Ready
initiative will teach people what
to do if someone has a cardiac
arrest and how to use a defibrillator.
It has been started by Woodseats
Medical Centre, on Chesterfield Road. The
hour-long sessions are run monthly at the
And the medical centre is also hosting two
sessions in August to teach children what to do
if they find themselves on their own in an
Dr Richard Dachtler, a GP partner, said: “CPR skills are
life-saving and very basic and can be taught to anyone.
“Defibrillators are now very commonplace but what we realised is
that these skills and the machines need demystifying.
“We want to get to a stage were most people on the high street
maybe aren’t experts at CPR but are comfortable enough to have a
go whilst help is on the way.”
The sessions cover how and when to call 999, how to place a
CALLING Harry Potter fans young
Greenhill Community Library is
bringing the magic of Hogwarts to life for
its big summer event.
Readers are encouraged to dress up for
the free event, on 10th August.
Chris Brown, who leads events at the
library, said: "Although the Harry Potter
books go back 20 years now, they
continue to engage successive
generations of children so we've decided
to theme our big summer event around
the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts.
"We've got real owls, potions and spell
lessons, a cauldron lucky dip, games and
crafts. A small army of volunteers will be
assembling home-made Harry Potter
items including scarves and wands and
there's a Honeyduke’s sweet shop too.
“People should be on their best
behaviour as they are likely run into
Professors Snape, McGonagall or
The fun starts at 10am and there will
also be a quiz in the evening for
Potterheads; anyone who would like to
field a team should email
Lynne Brown is pictured putting the
finishing touches to the owlery
patient into the recovery position, how to do CPR, and
how to use a defibrillator, along with how to
manage a patient who is choking. Training for
children will depend on their ages.
Survival rates of out of hospital cardiac
arrests are less than ten per cent.
Defibrillation within three to five minutes
of collapse can produce survival rates of
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The children’s sessions are on the following
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The campaign’s logo has been donated by Andrew Slater, of
Woodseats Medical Centre will also be offering drop-in sessions
during Woodseats Festival, on 13th July, from 11am-2pm, when
people can find out more and pick up some skills.
Plans are underway for installing a community defibrillator in the
AFUNERAL service took place at Hutcliffe
Wood Crematorium for a former
headteacher of Mundella Primary School.
Andy Birkby was at the
helm at Mundella for 21
He trained at the then
Sheffield City College of
Education and began his
teaching career at
Wybourn School before
moving onto a three-year
spell in Gillam, Manitoba,
On returning to
Sheffield, he taught at
two other schools before
taking the headship of
Mundella Primary from 1982-2003.
Andy’s main characteristic was his drive to get on
quietly with the strategies for ensuring that all
children could learn and develop in line with their
own skills and talents.
The many children who enjoyed learning under his
tutelage is testimony to his successes as a teacher
and as a school leader.
Andy also lived in community of the school and
became a much-respected resident of the Norton
The funeral service, on June 5th, was conducted by
Andy’s family with contributions from a few of his
many friends and colleagues.
ITH a “perfect” new kitchen installed by experts at Sheffield Kitchen
Interiors, Steve and Tracey Eason had none of the usual deliberations
over accessories or paint colours.
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Steve and Tracey, who live in a semi-detached property at Shiregreen, chose the
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Tracey said the patient and helpful service the couple received right from the outset was
outstanding, enabling them to select exactly the right design and look for them.
In fact, owner Paul even arranged for the Easons to visit the home of another client,
before they made their final selection.
Tracey’s wish-list was for a future-proof kitchen with easy-access storage, and she
wanted lots of deep drawers to accommodate pots and pans and other kitchen equipment.
The team at Sheffield Kitchen Interiors created the new kitchen at the same time as
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The liquid, which is invisible to the human eye, registers property to a
specific location. The liquid can also be used as a gel or spray,
intended to mark offenders who are in the act of committing a crime.
This then makes offenders, and any items they have stolen, much
easier to trace.
Officers have been spending up to an hour with residents talking
through the benefits of the initiative and ensuring valuables are
properly marked. Signs and stickers have been distributed in ‘Shielded’
areas, acting as a deterrent to potential burglars for fear of being
marked with the liquid. This service is completely free of charge.
Det Chief Insp Lee Berry said: “We are one of the first forces in the
country to implement this initiative, using face-to-face engagement.
“Neighbourhood officers have spent countless hours in communities,
making sure properties are thoroughly registered and homes are
equipped with Op Shield markers.
“The markers we put in place around the home and on valuables
mean that thieves are much more likely to be deterred from entering a
property. If they still want to take that risk, they are much more likely
to be caught, identified and punished.”
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Adam set to cut
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WHEN you’re getting ready to star in classic dance hit
‘Footloose’, you’d better make sure your feet are in
That’s why actor and singer Adam Walker found time in his
schedule for a visit to city centre podiatrist Louise Reaney.
Adam is playing the lead role in Woodseats Musical Theatre
Company’s revival of 1980s favourite ‘Footloose’, the the explosive
rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation about a young man who gets a
whole community dancing - and in the process heals the wounds
of a small town tragedy.
As well as the chart-topping title song, the show also features
such 1980s hits as ‘Let’s Hear It for the Boy’ and Bonnie Tyler
standard ‘Holding Out for a Hero’.
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LOOK to the sky at this summer’s Coal Aston Gala on
Saturday, July 6th, with a Dakota aircraft scheduled to
The flypast, organised in conjunction with the Battle of Britain
Memorial Flight organisation, is always a popular feature of the
Taking place in the grounds of the Village Hall at Eckington
Road, the afternoon is also due to serve up a variety of fun
events, displays of crafts, face-painting, side-stalls, a bouncy
castle, classic cars, Punch and Judy performances and a street
Coal Aston Bowling Club is to stage a target bowls competition
and also serving afternoon teas.
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Getting ahead at Chatsworth
Local folk were out in force showing off their
green-fingered skills at the RHS Chatsworth
Flower Show. Deborah Wain reports
HOUSANDS of visitors to this year’s RHS Chatsworth
Flower Show had the chance to capture the ultimate
summer ‘selfie’, thanks to two local exhibitors.
The ‘Crowning Glory’ display in the show’s popular Floral
Immersion tent offered people the chance to wear three supersized
crowns of flowers suspended from an archway above.
The sculptural headpieces were a collaboration between event
designer Ruthie Ford, from Meersbrook, and florist Emma
McGeehan, who is based at nearby Haggler’s Corner.
Their fun installation encouraged visitors to embrace the trend for
fresh floral headwear, especially during festival season. Each of the
pieces had its own distinct structure with repeating flower varieties
Emma, of Orchis Floral Design, said the stunning exhibit had come
out of an initial idea for creating “massive floral wigs”.
The pair began working on the design at the start of the year and
then spent six weeks making the pieces.
With a background in decorative arts, Ruthie, of Cloud Nine Décor,
Ruthie Ford from Meersbrook
Elements of Sheffield, designed by Emily Barnes
has over a decade’s experience in creating sets for festivals,
weddings and events. Her unique giant crochet flower gardens are
a distinctive feature at many festivals.
She said the show was the first occasion during which she had
worked with fresh flowers.
She explained: “I’m used to working with harder materials and
because flowers are so delicate, they are quite a challenge, but it’s
‘Crowning Glory’ was one of six dramatic displays celebrating the
five senses in horticulture in the new Floral Immersion attraction,
partnered by Wedgwood. After the event, Emma said the
installation had been a resounding success.
“Everyone seemed to love the whole Floral Immersion tent and
the queues went well out of the tent. We had a lot of Instagram
pictures and Twitter mentions,” she commented.
One of this year’s show gardens, the BBC Garden, was ‘Elements
of Sheffield’, designed by Emily Barnes, celebrating the connection
between the city and the Peak District. A patio area resembled
Sheffield and was sunk, like the city itself, in the surrounding
landscape, with steel-making represented throughout with a corten
steel fence and stainless steel bars on the roof of the pergola.
‘Fade to Grey’ by Coal Aston’s Mark Malaczynski was among
eight spectacular Long Borders at the show and it won a Gold
The small-scale horticultural exhibits were designed to harness
the power of plants to tell a story, spark emotion and celebrate the
Mark’s project was inspired by his experience of helping his
88-year-old mother, a retired teacher, cope with the decline in her
hearing and eyesight, along with diminishing senses of smell, taste
and touch, causing depressive moods.
The planting moves from the most vibrant colours of the spectrum
at one end, featuring plants such as cornflowers and large peonies,
through to pastel-shades into a mono-chromatic, grey-scale
Mark said: “The brief we were given was to design a border that
pertains to all of the human senses. Mine is dedicated to my mum.
I wanted it to convey an obvious and powerful message about
losing your senses as you get older.
“I only told mum about the border a couple of days before the
show; she was very surprised by it.”
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‘Fade to Grey’ created by Mark Malaczynski
Mark was hoping his mum was well-enough to visit the show to
see the border, which had Chatsworth House as its stunning
Mark used to run an IT company but has just completed a
Master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of
Putting the display together took more than four days. All
exhibitors whose work was exposed to the elements were facing
issues with protecting plants from brisk winds and rain in the runup
to the extravaganza.
The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show was in its third year with the
1,000-acre Chatsworth Estate transformed into a gardener’s
Highlights included a mass planting of 6,000 Dahlia ‘Salinas
Bicolor’, a Power of Trees feature and a floral immersion
experience, along with 13 show gardens and a floral marquee
bursting with more than 70 growers.
The honour of designing the famous RHS letters this year fell to
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School library branches out
An S8 school is bringing the outdoors indoors
with a refurbished library on a woodland theme
ARENTS and friends of children at Meersbrook’s Carfield
Primary School are raising money to transform the school’s
The ambitious project will be on a woodland theme, integrating 13
real silver birch trees.
The interior has been designed by landscape architect and designer
Stuart Hutchinson, whose son Arlo attends the school.
In addition, Stuart, a climber, is taking on a sponsored climb –
scaling the 1350m equivalent of Ben Nevis, at Stanage Edge, in a
Stuart is the treasurer of Carfield Friends, which was recently
granted charity status. He explained that following an approach from
the school the group agreed to help fund and manage the project.
Currently the library is an underused storage and quiet room with
only couple of dusty shelves, without many books.
Stuart said: “From parent, teacher and student consultation, a
woodland theme was landed on so I thought why not go one better
than a woodland mural and establish a woodland in the room.
“To do this we will use 13 silver birch trees which were felled in
early spring and have them built into the fabric of the room. The
furniture, shelves and benches have been designed with the trees as
integral parts of their structure. All the furniture is of bespoke design
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Artist’s impression of the new-look school library
and is being laser-cut from birch plywood before being installed by
“Central to the design is a whole class reading area, reminiscent of
fireside storytelling, and then numerous nooks and crannies amongst
the shelves with bean bags and low seating.
“The room will be decorated with bird book sculptures, tree
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“Libraries are places of sanctuary, as are woodlands and this space
will reflect that, they are places that can inspire and open children's
eyes to the opportunities that exist beyond the home and the school
The scheme, being project managed by Cathy Czeduma, will cost
around £6,000 with £1,500 raised so far.
Stuart aims to raise another £2,500 through the sponsored climb on
He is climbing without repeating a single route, totalling 113
separate routes, and will be climbing without ropes, known as free
“The challenge on the day will be to keep concentration long enough
to complete them all. I am physically capable of climbing them all
but mentally is a different matter,” he added.
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HE weather hasn’t always been the best in recent weeks
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In our area, we’re very lucky to have beautiful parks and other
outdoor spaces for us to enjoy.
I was proud to open the 2019 Small Park Big Run at
Meersbrook Park, which raised money for Palestinian women and
Well done to everyone who joined me to take part in the run and
thank you to those who cheered us on.
I also enjoyed this year’s Heeley City Farm Festival, which was a
fantastic event for people of all ages.
The farm hosts a range of activities throughout the year and is a
real asset to our area so I’m glad that the festival helped to raise
funds for their work.
June was also a good month for those with green fingers to show
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was very impressed with everyone’s horticultural efforts. They’re
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of countless local people.
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Twenty local gardens from Meadowhead Avenue to Bradway
Road were also opened up to the public for the Open Gardens
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important community hub for local residents.
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A Woodseats woman is expressing
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photography. Deborah Wain reports
AL Glenny began exploring what she could do behind the
camera lens after being given a photography course for her
She took the beginners’ trophy at this year’s Sheffield
Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, with her entry ‘Winter
Although she starts with an unaltered shot, Val uses montage
and other techniques for the final image.
She said: “I enjoy creating something unique that can express the
mood of a place. I see photography as a medium that suits my
creative streak starting with what I see in the landscape. I always
work from an ‘authentic’ image, sometimes
overlaying or combining them to convey a
Val, an independent facilitator working across
the NHS, said husband Chas had bought her the
course, on the Northumberland coast, to help
her achieve a better balance between work and
family life. The couple have three girls.
She said: “At this point I only had a very basic
over-the-counter camera. The guy running the
course, Garry Brannigan, suggested that I might
buy something just a little more versatile, with
detachable lenses at least. This way I could
capture a wider range of images, including wide
angle and close-up.
“The course was inspiring, not just because of
what I learnt about photography but what I
learnt about the landscape, spending time
immersed in it noticing details in rocks and
patterns as well as broad vistas.
“Work and family life continued to dominate
Val’s ‘Libraria Aqua Alta’
photograph from Venice
and I had to find strategies to protect the odd day to pursue my
interest but it was very hit and miss: running teenagers around
the country for basketball matches, walking dogs and maintaining
a demanding business left little spare time and very little creative
Val made some ‘photography friends’ on the course and later
joined the SPS, which she said helped her “find some focus and
appreciate the range of possibilities that photography offer and that
it’s a very personal thing.”
She created two montage images following a visit to Venice –
‘Rust and Water’ and ‘Libraria Aqua Alta’. The photographs were
commended and highly commended in the competition
She explained: “I took many ‘straightforward’ images but wanted
to express something about the beautiful colours often made by the
impact of water on the city: Wet books piled up outside an old
second-hand book shop and the effect of water on steps into the
canals seemed to best express this.
Her ‘Winter Colour’ image, highly commended
in the competition, was taken at an arboretum
in Gloucestershire, on her way to working
“In this image, I have moved the camera
slightly whilst taking the image to achieve the
slightly impressionist effect. I love the colours
of the silver birch, dogwood and evergreens
proving to us that winter need not be dull.
‘Winter Wood’ was shot in Hampshire, again
while Val was working.
“I drove past this wood and just spotted the
scene. It was so calm and atmospheric, I
Val is keen to find more time to learn and
“You don’t need an expensive camera to get
started. I enjoy using my smart phone
practising new ideas and perspectives,” she
Make Them Safe!
The summer holidays are approaching, and children everywhere
will be home, at friends, on vacation. As well as making sure
they are protected from the sun (hopefully), there are simple
things you can do to ensure they are safe with your blind
According to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) since 1999
there have been 33 fatalities where babies and young children have become
accidentally entangled with internal window blind cords and chains. This
figure does not include accidents and near misses, such as the recent news
article regarding the toddler in Belfast *
Compulsory regulations regarding safety in blinds came into force in
September 2014. No longer does a blind need a looped cord to operate it.
Many options abound - SmartCord, LiteRise, Wand control, motorisation etc -
all relating to different styles of blind, and all to ensure your blind contributes
to a child-safe environment.
For existing blinds, these simple steps will help you improve their child safety,
and help you all rest easy during the holidays and beyond:
- Make sure all cords and chains are secured out of reach of babies and
- Do not tie cords or chains together.
- Make sure cords and chains do not twist together to make a loop.
- Move furniture away from window covering cords and chains - children just
love to climb!
Want to know more? Contact the showroom for advice. Say Neil & Maxine,
owners of Bespoke Blinds & Poles: “We have fully supported the new
regulations since before they became law. As well as ensuring all new window
blinds we supply are compliant and fitted correctly, we are also ready to help
any customer who has existing blinds with cords and chains.”
You can also watch videos on how to improve child safety in blinds at the Make
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* May 2019: https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news
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Family fun all
ELCOME to your Active8 guide to the 14th Woodseats
Each year, businesses and residents come together for a
weekend of summertime fun, celebrating all that is wonderful
about Woodseats and the surrounding area.
It’s the culmination of lots of hard work on the part of
volunteers who start planning the festival not long after the
previous one has concluded!
Highlights on the Saturday include a Picnic in the Park with the
Friends of Woodseats Playground, at Graves Park, and a tea
dance at Woodseats Methodist Church.
The ever-popular Family Fun Day will be held at Woodseats
Primary School, on the Sunday, following a colourful parade
from Abbey Lane School.
The parade will be led by the Concorde Allstars with other
participants including Eleanor Shimmy Dance School,
Razzamataz Theatre School Sheffield and many more.
Activities planned at the school include fair rides, stalls and a
craft fair showcasing the talents of makers.
Other events over the busy weekend include a chess festival
along with live music and family fun at The Abbey and newlyrefurbished
Big Tree pubs.
See the following pages for your full festival programme,
including all event times and locations.
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Pre-School/Reception: 1, Skye,
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Y1/Y2: 1, Amelia, Abbey Lane
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Y3/Y4: 1, Aizah, Woodseats Y4; 2,
Luke, Abbey Lane Y4; 3, Harry,
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Y5/Y6: 1, Eve, Abbey Lane Y6
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2, Luke, Abbey Lane Y5; 3, Olivia,
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Friday 12th July:
Woodseats Chess Festival - The Abbey pub,
8-10pm, simultaneous displays with clocks,
put on by two club members.
Family Party Evening - Double Six Youth
Club, 7pm-late. Disco, music drink. All
Saturday 13th July:
Car Boot Sale - Friends of Woodseats School,
Woodseats Primary School, 10am-2pm.
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Coffee Morning & Art Therapy Session -
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Woodseats Chess Festival - The Abbey Pub.
11am-6pm. Crabb Shield individual tournament
consisting of six rounds.
Open Day - The Little School House Nursery,
Chesterfield Road, 11am-2pm.
Family Fun Day - The Abbey pub, noon-late.
Picnic in the Park - Friends of Woodseats
Playground, Graves Park, 11.30am-2pm.
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where and when!
for a friendly gathering.
Tea Dance - Woodseats Methodist Church,
Holmhirst Road, 2-4pm. Free event, everyone
Rock & Roll Band - Ribeye Live, The Big Tree,
Sunday, 14th July:
Car Boot Sale - PALS, Abbey Lane School,
9am-12.30pm. Contact 07380 291847.
The Woodseats Festival Parade - Starts
outside Abbey Lane School. Meets 11.45am,
departs 12 noon, due Woodseats School at
The Woodseats Festival Family Fun Day
and Craft Fair - Woodseats Primary School
Playground, noon-4pm. Free entry. Fairground
rides, stalls, activities, performance and
Family Entertainment - The Big Tree. All day.
Bouncy castle, barbecue and much more.
Monday, 15th July:
Woodseats Chess Festival - The Abbey pub.
7.30-10pm, Grand Challenge Match: Woodseats
v The Rest (of the Association).
Please support the Woodseats Festival by buying
raffle tickets for your chance to win great prizes.
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How it all began...
AY back in 2006, Steve McClaren became the England
W football manager, ‘Top Gear’s Richard Hammond suffered
a serious brain injury when he crashed a jet-powered car and
Daniel Craig made his debut as Bond in the film ‘Casino Royale’.
A little nearer to home, Woodseats staged its very first Festival!
The event was hastily organised after a story in the February 2006
edition of Active8, asking why the suburb didn’t have its own
carnival. From people who had featured in our magazine, we knew
there was plenty of gifted people, talent and culture in the local
area, much of which was not being shown off to others.
The introduction to the article read: “Other parts of the country
have them. Other areas of the city have them. Now there is a call
for Woodseats to host its very own Festival. What do you think?”
Well, our readers thought it would be rather a good idea and a
new event for Sheffield 8 was born. Active8 hosted an initial
meeting at Woodseats WMC which was attended by almost 50
people and an organising committee was soon installed.
The plan was to use facilities offered by church halls, pubs,
businesses, schools and clubs, together with outdoor areas such as
Graves Park and Barbers Fields.
Because the committee wasn’t set up until late March, the first
Woodseats Festival was staged late in the summer, in September.
Fortunately, it was blessed with glorious sunshine and hundreds
of folk turned out to support the initiative which featured all
manner of attractions including crafts, birds of prey, Daleks, classic
cars, live bands, belly-dancers, boxing, power-lifters, cycle safety,
art, local history and a Sunday parade along Chesterfield Road.
Woodseats Festival has undergone a few changes down the years,
but it has continued to be a big summer family attraction through
the efforts of many volunteers who offer their time and
organisational talents each year.
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The barbecue is not always
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Harry Basset, our
’M sure other dogs would agree with me that strange
things begin to happen to our owners around this time
One of the oddest is that they abandon their dining table and take
to eating their food outside.
Not only that, they also forget they have a fabulous oven, grill and
microwave in the kitchen and do all their cooking over a fire out in
the garden. You would think this would be the worst possible time to
invite friends and family over for a meal, but that’s just what they do!
They expect us canines to change our habits too and instead of
being served my food in a bowl in the kitchen, I’m lured outside into
the sunshine with the offer of burgers.
I’m told it’s called “the barbecue season” and fortunately someone
has seen fit to offer a few suggestions to ensure four-legged guests
are kept safe and well. We all might love chicken, but bones can be
extremely dangerous for us, whilst spices can cause an upset tummy.
To help owners know what is and isn’t safe, dog walking and sitting
service Rover.com have drawn up sensible guidelines. The company’s
general manager, Richard Setterwall, said: “If anyone loves
barbecues more than us, it's our dogs. The chance to bound around
outdoors, lie in the sun, combined with the excitement of more people
to play with and receive pats from, makes for hound heaven.
“Providing we remain alert and cater to their varying needs, there’s
no reason that they can’t enjoy the odd sneaky snack under the table!”
Apparently, many common barbecue foods that our owners enjoy
are in fact toxic to dogs. There are dangers like avocados, grapes
and onions, that often find their way into the side dishes, stretched
across the garden table.
Happily, there are several
alternatives that us mutts can
munch on. These include grilled
vegetables like courgettes and
sweet potato, lean meats such as
home-made hamburgers or a small
amount of steak, and - wait for it -
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In addition, Rover has a safe
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home. It’s a burger recipe which is a dog-friendly treat that most
pooches will delight in:
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2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce;
1 tablespoon grill seasoning, such as Schwartz Steak Seasoning;
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin;
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling;
Small round dinner rolls, split.
Important things for owners to remember to do:
• Ask guests not to feed dogs scraps from their plates;
• Supervise kids around dogs and the barbecue;
• Cover rubbish bins to avoid a dog rummaging;
• Keep lighter fluid, charcoal and matches well out of reach;
• Give your dog a break in a quiet, indoor space if they are tired or hot;
• Keep them hydrated by using ice cubes to create ‘pupsicles’;
• Create a safe space.
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I just can’t wait!
Our student correspondent Ellie Colton
has an extra special reason to look
forward to the area’s premier music
festival - she’s covering it for the BBC!
RAMLINES is coming to Sheffield this month! This year,
the festival will start on Friday, July 19th, and finish on
Sunday, July 21st.
With increasingly popularity since it started ten years ago, it’s
set to be the biggest and best one yet. But that is to be expected,
with huge names like Lewis Capaldi, Courteeners, Two Door
Cinema Club, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Nile Rogers & Chic, Becky Hill,
Tom Grennan and so many more – it’s truly an unmissable
weekend right on our doorstep.
The festival is located at Hillsborough Park; I remember a few
years ago when it used to be on Devonshire Green in Sheffield
city centre so it just shows you how the scale of this event has
Being that my show ‘Hello Friday’ on BBC Radio Sheffield unironically
airs live every Friday night, we will be reporting live
from Tramlines on July 19th. So make sure to tune in for that
absolute mammoth of a show.
We can’t spill all the details yet, but you won’t want to miss it,
that’s for sure.
All the team are beyond excited and blessed to be part of such
a successful and local event – and of course getting to see the
acts so close is a complete thrill.
For those of you who can’t make it, fear not. Just listen from
home on your radio with us; we’ll make you feel like you’re there!
If you want to come with your family, it isn’t just a day out for
us young guns! Tramlines is more than just a concert, it has
more than 70 artists across four stages, plus comedy, a pop-up
cinema, an expanded family area and a food and drink line-up
unlike anything the area’s ever seen.
So if you’re free that weekend, don’t miss the event of the year
– come down and enjoy yourself. Hopefully the weather will be
at its best.
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Niamh Casey turns back the pages of old
copies of Active8 to see who was making the
news in years gone by. This month’s time
travel machine takes her back to July, 2006
Norton’s wind of change
A NEW landmark in Sheffield 8 stood at 15m high, but was mostly
hidden from sight from the general public.
This new wind turbine could only be seen by walkers or horseriders
because of its position at Povey Farm in the Moss Valley.
The farm had been using electricity for less than 50 years, but
the turbine allowed it to generate a large proportion of its own
power. After installation, it was estimated to be producing
30,000kw of electricity per year.
Owner, Stephen Thompson, said: “I expect the turbine will have
paid for itself within six or seven years and much sooner than that
if electricity prices continue to rise as they are doing.”
The turbine has a life expectancy of 25 years, and Stephen said
its appearance had been greeted well.
Greenhill’s kwik cricket triumph
MORE than 200 local
students competed in the
first Norton Woodseats CC
Kwik Cricket Festival.
The event was organised
by one of the area’s oldest
cricket clubs, Norton
Woodseats CC, in
Meadowhead School .
Some of the Woodseats
schools that competed
were St Thomas of
Meadow, Lowedges and Sir
At the end of a long day of matches, Greenhill School were
named winners. Abbey Lane School came second by a single point.
A representative of Norton Woodseats said : ”We want to
stimulate the development of junior players and we are keen to get
children active, out and about and off the sofa.”
“The festival was a big success and we will be following it up
with coaching on a weekly basis. We are to field an under-11 team
next season which will compete in the BBC Kwik Cricket Festival.”
Forty years of Double Six
officially opened the
Double Six Club in
1966, and 40 years
later, it was
children through its
doors every week.
The club offered
youngsters a chance
to meet up with friends, play pool, table tennis and computer
games while offering occasional trips out to venues such as
Richard Hay from the youth club said: “We are getting lots of
support from the local Area Panel and we are hopeful of getting
planning permission to build new facilities.”
The eventual aim was to see the Double Six club used as a
community centre by local people, with prospects of new sports
facilities and opening the youth club more often.
Last month’s mention of old corner shops
in the Active8 area prompted many
readers to respond with their memories.
Deborah Wain and Mike Firth report
AVID Nash lived with his mum, dad, and sisters Deborah and
Jenny, on Upper Valley Road at Meersbrook, and remembers the
corner shop in Rushdale Road. He recalls:
“The corner shop was our local, run by a lady called Audrey along
with her husband, George. My memories of the time were buying
penny tray sweets, fetching mum’s Park Drive cigarettes, and ‘shop
My younger sister, Jenny, would not eat any other cheese, it had to
be ‘shop cheese’. At times, mum bought cheese from elsewhere but
we told Jenny it was from the corner shop.
“Audrey was a lovely lady and would chat to mum for what seemed
like hours when she went to buy dad’s cider.”
Later, in the early 1980s, Deborah, now Lloyd, went to work at the
shop while a college student.
She takes up the story: “Audrey and George were very nice people
and made working there enjoyable. The shop was an Aladdin's cave
with everything from beer, wines, cheeses, medical supplies, lovely
fresh bread, some fruit and veg, tinned foods and all sorts of
everyday items. The kids’ penny tray was always popular.
“It was a plastic plant trug filled with sweets that was under the
main shop counter that was lifted out when kids wanted to dip in. We
David Nash with sister Deborah
used to have the ‘strap’ or ‘tick’ when customers got their groceries
and paid at a later date when they had the cash.
“ A lot of older people relied on the shop and people used to wait for
it opening especially on a Sunday evening.”
Seeing the photograph of the Rushdale Road shop brought back
memories for Hazel Rowley too, who also lived on Upper Valley Road.
She remembers: “I often went with a note for cigarettes for mum or
dad but most often for a loaf of bread which was wrapped in just a
square of tissue paper screwed together at the corners.
“I would nibble bits off the crusty top of the loaf on the way home!”
Thelma Copley remembers a number of shops in Valley Road and
the corner with Rushdale Road, using them from 1934.
There was Larmer’s, the chemists’, England’s stationery and toy
shop, and Wheatcroft’s, a large greengrocer.
Mr Cod was the man to see for sweets, where you could choose
from a 1/2d or 1d tray, while Miss Meeson ran a wool and craft shop.
Alcocks’ were one of two butchers’ selling families their meat and
Mrs Saunders ran a grocery shop.
There was a Co-op where cash was handled by a pulley system.
Memory Lane 8
the retail market
Other shops recalled by Thelma sold fish and chips
and did shoe repairs.
Maureen Stead has lived at Meersbrook all her life
and well remembers the area’s corner shops. Indeed,
if pressed she could put a name to all the family-run
businesses which once flourished around the lower
half of Derbyshire Lane.
Formerly Maureen Bell, she grew up at 23 Pearson
Place, then on her marriage she moved next door to No
21 and later to Cliffefield Road.
“There was a shop on every corner,” she recalled.
“We didn’t need anything like a supermarket in those
days because we could get everything we needed from
the corner shops.
“As well as fetching things for my family, I also used
to run errands for neighbours.
“I particularly remember Mr and Mrs Broom had a
corner shop at Pearson Place, selling groceries and
“He looked quite an important man to be selling
things in his long, brown smock and he had a waxed
moustache and long, boney fingers. I used to buy a
penn’orth of balm from him for my mum.
“In the war, my father was in the Home Guard and
was also a fire watcher. An incendiary bomb landed on
the Broomes’ shop and he and a neighbour extinguished
“After that, Mr Broome asked me if my father smoked,
and although he didn’t
I told him he enjoyed
“He was so relieved
that, afterwards, he
always sent me home
with a packet of
sweets for my
Maureen also recalls
that when a box of
oranges once arrived
at a fruit shop on
Cliffefield Road, she
and her friends begged
the rope that was
around the box so they could use it for skipping.
A young bubble gum fan
outside Newcombe’s, Heeley
Said Maureen: “I am nearly 86 so I can remember all the corner
shops we had.”
Susan Jones ran Newcombe's grocery store, in Heeley, after taking
The counter at Newcombe’s, Heeley
Here’s an old Sheffield 8 corner shop some older Active8
readers may recall. Did you do your family shopping here
at Burgon & Son, Derbyshire Lane?
it over from her grandmother, Edith, at the age of 16.
The shop, in Well Road, originally opened in 1932. It was a 'free
beer' store where beer was sold from handpumps but it also sold all
sorts of things,
Susan took over the
shop after Edith died in
1963. Her father had to
go to her school to ask
permission for her to
be able to leave before
she had reached the
official leaving age.
Her first week's
takings only amounted
to seven shillings and
fourpence but by the
time she closed the
shop she was taking £120 a week.
Annie Kay and Edith Newcombe
in the shop doorway
Susan said: "I was open from nine in the morning
until ten at night, originally. Gradually, I cut the
hours down because it became too much. We were
open 365 days a year, even Christmas Day and
Susan had to get rid of the handpumps shortly
after taking over the shop because of the cellar
work it entailed, but she still sold bottled beer.
Susan remembers certain regular customers
would come in just before closing time asking for
things like one egg and a single bacon rasher.
"Some people would come in and want a packet of
cigarettes and a loaf of bread and then wouldn't
have enough money - and they'd say 'oh, leave the
bread, I'll just take the cigarettes'."
Newcombe's eventually closed in 1974 after
being compulsorily purchased to make way for a
road through Heeley Bottom which never went
‘Up Close and
the audience at
Singer Joe turns on the style
OCALIST and impressionist Joe Longthorne received a
warm welcome to S8 when he performed a sell-out show
at the Norton House Country Club.
The performer, who started in talent shows and went on to have
his own TV series, has had a career spanning 50 years. He has been
battling cancer since 1989, more recently mouth cancer.
He appeared ‘Up Close and Personal’ with his band as part of a
series of more intimate gigs.
Joe, who was recognised for his charity work with an MBE in
S8 church puts
sessions on menu
2012, told fans it was a “privilege and pleasure” to appear at the
He recounted performing in Sheffield during the early days of his
showbusiness journey, in the workingmen’s clubs, such as Upper
Heeley and Dial House.
As well as impersonating singers as diverse as Shirley Bassey,
Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, Joe performed a number of songs
as himself, culminating in an emotional rendition of ‘Make the
World A Little Younger’.
T can be hard to cook for one, so why not
lunch with a bunch?
That’s the message from a lunch club with a
difference at Norton Lees.
Parish church St Paul’s is inviting people to
come together every Friday to cook and eat.
The initiative, aimed at older, isolated people,
gets underway later this month.
Vicar Rev Murray Brown has teamed up with
Andy Whitehouse and Alfred Sandy, of health
programme Drink Wise, Age Well, to launch the
The programme is designed to tackle alcoholrelated
harm in later life, with an emphasis on
the importance of being connected to others
and having a purposeful life as people get older.
Smiling cooks Rev Murray Brown, left, and Alfred Sandy
Andy said: “The church has excellent cooking
session with a meal.
facilities and a lovely space in which to meet and work. I thought After the 12 weeks, the group will continue to meet, cook and
there was an opportunity to get away from the traditional form of eat, with the support of volunteers from the church and the
lunch club. We could do something that kept people more involved community.
in meeting their own needs, and supporting each other.
Murray commented: “I am delighted that St Paul’s can be used
“So the idea for a shared lunch session, meeting for an initial 12 for this new cook and eat group. Preparing food and eating
weeks was born.”
together is a great way to get to know people and learn new
Drink Wise volunteer Julie Roberts has devised a menu for a skills.”
different cheap and healthy dish for each week of the programme, The free group, for those over 50, began on 21st June. Anyone
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